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Quote1 Maybe I am a monster! I look like one—and sometimes I feel like one! Quote2
--The Thing

Appearing in "The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #2.

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  • Unnamed Central City citizens
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  • Santa Claus (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for "The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #2.

Part 1

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The Thing attacks an oil platform off the Texas shore. The Invisible Girl steals a valuable gem from a jewelry store. The Human Torch melts a statue when a town unveils it. Mister Fantastic shuts down a power plant. These impostors meet afterward and reveal how they used their shape-shifting abilities and alien technology to perpetrate their misdeeds. They are Skrulls, and they plan on invading Earth. Fearing the Fantastic Four will stand in their way, these four agents want to ruin their reputation. The real Fantastic Four, in "an isolated hunting lodge," hear the news with dismay.[Continuity 1]

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Johnny infiltrates the Skrulls

The United States Army surrounds the lodge. Wanted for the Skrulls' crimes, the Fantastic Four surrender.They escape from cells specifically designed to hold them and hole up in one of their "many secret apartment hideouts", in order to clear their names. They set a trap for the Skrulls by sending Johnny to sabotage a rocket launch, hoping it will draw them out. He melts through an unused gantry,[Continuity 2] avoids the army's artillery and flames off behind a hangar. "Reed" and "Susan" pick him up and take him back to their hideout. A Fantasti-Flare out the window brings the rest of the team.

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The water-tower ship

A fight ensues and the Skrulls are taken, prisoner. The Fantastic Four steal the Skrulls' rocket ship and find their mother-ship in Earth orbit.[Continuity 3] Posing as the Skrull agents, they trick the captain into believing that Earth is too dangerous to invade by passing off images from Journey into Mystery and Strange Tales as real. Reed volunteers to stay behind and remove any trace of the Skrulls' presence on Earth. Convinced his army would be slaughtered, the captain calls off the invasion and awards Reed a medal for bravery.[Continuity 4] On the way home the Fantastic Four passes through the cosmic rays again, causing the Thing to briefly return to human form.

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Once back on Earth the Fantastic Four clear their names by proving the existence of Skrulls to the military. The remaining three Skrulls transform into cows at Reed's instructions, and Reed hypnotizes them into believing they are real cows. They are left in a field where they can live out their lives.[Continuity 5][Continuity 6][Continuity 7][Continuity 8]

Appearing in "The Fire This Time!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four Vol 3 #53.

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Synopsis for "The Fire This Time!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four Vol 3 #53.

1945

Having been prisoner of the Nazis for years, the leader of a group of strange humanoids captured by German soldiers on an expedition in Tibet witnesses as Adolf Hitler is incinerated while fighting the original Human Torch and his partner Toro. With Allied Forces storming Berlin and the Nazi regime toppling, the young girl gathers her people together together. Dubbing themselves the Hidden Ones, they vow to use their powers in order to prevent themselves from being exploited and tortured ever again...

The Present

While addressing the United Nations to find a nation willing to give refuge to the Inhumans Reed Richards is shocked to find that the only nation willing to offer it is Latveria, ruled by the Fantastic Four's greatest foe Doctor Doom. With no choice but to let Doom take the podium, Richards watches as Doom tell the United Nations -- and the world -- that he agrees that hostile aliens on Earth need to be tracked down and destroyed, but believes that the Inhumans should be welcomed back to their homeworld and announces his offer to allow them to stay in Latveria.

Meanwhile at the Stern Academy, young Franklin Richards continues his first day at school and overhears some of the teachers talking about the subject of alien invaders and finds it disturbing. When he hears a classmate named Billy McGurk telling other students that he blames the Fantastic Four for all the aliens invading Earth. Franklin decides to but into the conversation, pointing out that the Fantastic Four have saved the Earth from Galactus many times. When Franklin tries to explain to his classmates that there are good aliens as well as bad ones and they shouldn't lump them together, McGurk calls him a "freak lover". Franklin dismisses this bullying and goes outside. While he is trying top drink from a water fountain he is accosted by McGurk who is spoiling for a fight. When he tries to punch Franklin the blow is stopped by another new student named Robert Herbert Marks III. Outnumbered, McGurk takes off and Franklin and Robert become fast friends.

Back at the Baxter Building, the Invisible Woman and the Inhumans watch reports about Doom's offer of asylum and the growing anti-alien hysteria that is growing on the streets of New York. This leaves Medusa and Black Bolt to consider Doom's proposal. As they voice this possibility, Reed contacts the group via communicator and tells them to think very carefully about the situation before they make up their mind. Sue expresses her concern that Franklin might be in danger at school, but Reed assures her that he has put in measures to ensure the boy remains safe. When they wonder where Ben is, Reed believes his old friend must be enjoying time with his new girlfriend Kathleen O'Meara. As Reed flies the Fantasti-Car through the city he notices that the angry mobs are getting larger and hopes that this will eventually pass before things get worse. He signs off before going to investigate the military's new Project Stellar Shield. Soon after Reed disengages communications, Johnny returns home after flubbing his chance at being a movie star. He is happy to be reunited with the Inhumans, particularly Crystal, but warns her that his powers are no longer under control and has to wear a specially made uniform to keep them in check. Suddenly the power goes out which deactivates the security systems in the Baxter Building. As the angry mob below breaks into the building, the Johnny and Sue try the back up computers. There they get a call from a Guardsman who orders them to turn over the Inhumans for their own safety. When they refuse and begin figuring out what to do next they are suddenly ambushed by an army of Guardsmen who come breaking through the wall. When Sue tries to use her powers she suddenly screams in pain while also glowing with negative energy. When Johnny asks Sue what's wrong, she tells him she thinks there is something wrong with the baby and to get Reed.

Meanwhile, Reed Richards is at the Vault Prison in Colorado where he meets with a military official about the issue with illegal aliens on the Earth. Reed soon learns that Ben has been labelled an "alien sympathizer" and has been incarcerated. Elsewhere in the facility, Senso and her minions watch as the Thing tries -- in vein -- to break out of his cell. However thanks to the powers of Senso and her fellow Hidden Ones, Ben cannot trigger his transformation into the Thing so he can break free. Satisfied that Ben Grimm is contained, Senso tells the others that it is time to begin their end game against the Inhumans. Senso explains that had the Inhumans not returned from Earth, the trace sources of Inhuman DNA could lead to their discovery among the world's government and blow their cover. As she explains this, her control over the Ben is relaxed enough for him to revert back into the Thing and break free. As he reaches out for Senso, she once more tries to contain him with her powers. Back up in the meeting room, Reed is shocked when the commanding officer suddenly goes inert. He is soon joined by Senso who explains that she is seeking to destroy the Fantastic Four as they are the only group that stands in her way. She then informs Reed that she has started a riot at the Baxter Building and that his wife is in danger. When Reed tries to lunge at Senso she uses her powers to incapacitate him.

Back at the Baxter Building, the Inhumans and the Human Torch succeed in repelling the Guardsmen who had come for them. Pain still continues to wrack through Sue and she realizes that she is going through the same sort of cosmic death pangs that she endured when she gave birth to Franklin and when she lost this baby the first time. Realizing without Reed around to help and with no means of contacting him, Sue explains if she doesn't get help soon, she and the baby will die. Not willing to stand for this, Johnny decides to do something, willing to make a deal with the devil himself in order to save the wife of his sister and his unborn niece.

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This is a UK title which features reprints of American titles.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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